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Friday Bench: Spun

We embark on a series of guest benches courtesy of Barbara and her recent trip to South Africa. Thanks for adding a new country to Sign of the Times, Barbara!

Zeitz MOCAA opened in September 2017 and the contemporary re-design of the original waterfront grain silos was by Thomas Heatherwick; he of the new London bus and 2012 Olympic flame fame.

Heatherwick Studios also designed today’s featured seats. They’re called ‘Spun‘.

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Friday Bench: First Bench of 2018

Our first bench of 2018 is a Guest Bench from my ever reliable friend Lu. I love the muted moody blues of this scene reflecting the stormy end we had to 2017, which then leached through into the New Year.

 

Friday Bench: Remembrance

A timely find thanks to Philippa Burough via Twitter 🙂 You can see the original tweet + responses to it here.

I’ve also been looking into the soldiers’ stories commemorated in Pewsham’s street names this week. Chippenham must have one of the largest and most unusual war memorials in the country.

Friday Bench: Peace Bench

A guest bench today courtesy of Twitter and Historic England, who posted recently on unusual war memorials.

This particular bench commemorates peace and was donated by the Quakers of Hastings to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The feather on the bench represents the white feathers bestowed on the street – usually by women – to men of forces serving age who were not in uniform. It was a way of denouncing and shaming them.

Quakers are advocates of peace and many of them were conscientious objectors during WWI, a group often awarded the white feather. Many Quakers who objected yet did choose to serve in some way drove the front-line ambulances, not a job for the faint-hearted.

Friday Bench: Ermioni

Steve and Lu have been in touch again with guest benches from their recent travels; from Greece this time 🙂 I’m intrigued by the position of these benches as they seem to be ignoring the view!

Ermioni looks a great place for a visit – a peninsula on the Peloponnese, thus surrounded by the sea and great views on three sides.

Steve’s email with this photo was headed Even better!

Thanks guys, I have bench envy!

Friday Bench: Therapy on a bench

See the video mentioned via this link.  It’s well worth your time as the story is both heart warming and thought-provoking. As The Guardian says on its website:

“One in four people in Zimbabwe experiences mental health problems but there are only 13 psychiatrists in the country. To help plug the gap, Dixon Chibanda has developed a scheme to train an army of grandmothers, who offer a listening ear on park benches. The scheme challenges the stigma surrounding mental health and provides the women with company.”